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Azure Entra Previously (ADDS) Getting Started

Azure Entra


  • Azure Entra is a broader suite of identity and access management (IAM) services under Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. It is designed to provide comprehensive identity management solutions, including security, compliance, and governance features.

Key Features:

  • Identity Management: Provides advanced identity management capabilities, including multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), and conditional access policies.

  • Access Management: Manages access to applications and resources both on-premises and in the cloud.

  • Security and Compliance: Offers enhanced security features, such as identity protection and risk-based conditional access, along with compliance tools for regulatory requirements.

  • Integration with Azure AD: Azure Entra integrates deeply with Azure Active Directory, extending its functionality to provide more comprehensive identity solutions.

  • Decentralized Identity: Supports decentralized identity solutions, allowing users to control their digital identities.


  • MSOL is primarily focused on authentication and sign-in to Microsoft cloud services, often used in legacy scenarios.

  • Azure Entra offers a modern, comprehensive suite of identity and access management services, building on and extending the capabilities of Azure Active Directory to provide robust security, compliance, and governance features.

Azure Entra represents the evolution of Microsoft's identity and access management solutions, incorporating modern security practices and technologies to meet the demands of today's cloud-first, mobile-first world.

In my project the first challenge was learning about all the underlying terms and services that I was going to have to work with to get this all setup, below are a few of them. Having a basic understanding of these will assist you in understanding Azure processes.

  1. Resource Groups

  2. Azure Entra (Active Directory Domain Services)

  3. Create and Configure Azure Entra (ADDS)

  4. Network Security Group

  5. Windows Admin Center

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